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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

By Dave Gilmartin

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a particularly important time for nurse practitioners and midwives who play a key role in preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

NPs, Midwives and Nurses: Partnering to Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, a collaboration of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, and the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, is a great resource for practitioners looking for patient-engagement tools and professional resources.

FASD champions in Alcohol Awareness

It is also a way to connect with other “FASD champions,” such as Meagan Thompson, DNP, CNM, CLC, APRN, who shares her story in the video above.

FASD champions can choose from a variety of activities to help spread the word. For example, as a member of the FASD champions network you can:

Use patient education information in your clinical practice.

Display patient  education posters and infographics in your office.

Incorporate FASD-related articles and research findings in a nursing or midwifery course you teach.

Encourage your workplace to adopt routine alcohol screening and brief intervention.

Invite your coworkers to view an FASD prevention webinar.

Present facts on prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and FASDs at a local, state, or regional healthcare professional meeting. 

Present facts on prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and FASDs at a community health event.

Write an article about prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and FASDs for a healthcare professional or community newsletter.